The Girl In The Painting

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The Girl In The Painting is the fourth in the Nighthawk series by Rachael Richey.

Readers have seen the Hawk family go through through quite a ride so far. Trying to live a ‘normal life’ in a celebrity rock star world, a run in with a jealous psycho (twice), and the discovery of family secrets hidden deep in the attic. What more, I thought, was in store for this feisty, lovable couple and their inquisitive teenage daughter Natasha?

Well, a lot more! After Abi’s estranged father passes away, they clear his things and find a stunning portrait in the attic. The subject has tumbling red curls and looks just like Abi, only it isn’t Abi. This is where we hop on a plane with Abi and Tash to Paris and discover even more about Abi’s crazy, fractured family.

I’ve grown to really like the Hawk family. Abi can be a little headstrong, Gideon should be a little sharper sometimes, and Tash is like every teenager I’ve ever known! They are not picture perfect heroes and heroines, and this is what makes me go back again and again, to read the next in the series.

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I love two things about The Girl In The Painting. The historical flashbacks to late 1920’s Paris and the real life problems and situations that arise within the Hawk family. Richey manages to keep each book fresh, yet the common thread and ‘voices’ of the characters remain authentic throughout.

I recommend this series to anyone who wants to switch off on the daily commute, sit out on the decking with a glass of wine, or sit by the pool on holiday and lose themselves in a book. Switch off and dip into the life of a rock star family.

3.5 out of 5 from me

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While her husband Gideon is recording a new album with his band NightHawk, Abi Hawk is busy getting her own career as a portrait painter back on track.

Following the death of her father, which coincides with the opening night of her first exhibition in London, Abi and her daughter come across an old painting in his attic that sets them on a journey of discovery to Paris. They uncover an astonishing and unexpected love story, one that has repercussions to the present day.

Meanwhile, Gideon, in America to promote the new album, ignores Abi’s warnings and manages to put himself in a vulnerable situation that threatens to rock the stability of their marriage. Separated from Abi by nearly five thousand miles, and unable to speak to her, will he be able to resolve the situation before any real damage is done?